The Rangers organization has found itself in a difficult situation. On Saturday, Carl Hagelin was forced to leave Sweden's 5-3 win over Latvia with an undisclosed injury. After the game, it was reported that he was taken out for precautionary reasons and the injury, which was not disclosed, is not serious.
Now, Hagelin tells Swedish website Expressen (via Pro Hockey Talk) that despite being injured he will continue to play in the Olympics. After leaving Saturday's game, Hagelin was seen in the stands wearing street clothes and sporting a huge cut above his lip from a stick to the mouth he received Friday against Switzerland. Pic via Expressen...
Sweden has already lost Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc) after one game and if Hagelin were to miss the remainder of the Olympics, the Swedes would find themselves severely shorthanded as Olympic rules state that they can't replace injured players.
...very tough spot for the Rangers. The last thing they need or want is one of their players fighting through an injury and possibly causing further damage, forcing them to miss significant time when the NHL season resumes.
...at the same time, I'm sure they don't want to pressure Hagelin into pulling himself from the lineup of a team with legit gold medal aspirations.
...it's hard to give an opinion on the situation without knowing what the injury is. If it's the stick to the mouth from two games ago that's still bothering Hagelin then I have no problem with him playing through it, but if it's something else like his surgically repaired shoulder, I think the Rangers have no choice but to step in.
...someone wrap that guy in bubble wrap!!!
Meanwhile, in much better news, Ryan McDonagh (1g, 4 SOG, in 19:38), Ryan Callahan (1a, 1 SOG in 14:57) and Derek Stepan (won 3 of 5 faceoffs in 4:59) helped Team USA earn the 2nd seed and a bye into the quarterfinal round with a thumping of Slovenia 5-1. Here's two amazing pics of the McDonagh goal...
To watch full highlights of the game, click here.
Team USA will play the winner of the Czech Republic/Slovakia qualification round game on Wednesday.
...so amazing watching the rest of the country learn what Rangers fans already knew...McDonagh's good.
...Stepan didn't get much of a chance in this one, so his spot in the lineup is very much in doubt for Wednesday's game.
Team USA clinched the #2 seed when Rick Nash and Team Canada went to overtime against Finland, where they eventually won 2-1 and earned the #3 seed.
Nash was pointless while playing a team low 7:18. He had two shots on goal, a high stick penalty as well as a goal disallowed that probably should have counted.
...i haven't watched all of Team Canada's games, but Rangers fans who were looking for the Olympics to jump start Nash have been majorly disappointed. Still plenty of time for him to make an impact, but he's looking more like the floating, perimeter Rick Nash that Blueshirt fans have come to loath than the aggressive, net charging one seen so sparingly this season.
Another Ranger who has disappointed at the Olympics is Mats Zuccarello who is pointless and winless through three games.
...Zuccarello has played a ton for Norway and is easily the best player on the team, but the bottom line is he's not helping his team on the score sheet and at the end of the day that's all that really matters.
...hopefully, he's just saving all his goals for the Rangers stretch run.
Here's what the bracket looks like after the preliminary round...
The Rangers are not more important than their respective countries. As Valeri Kamensky told me yesterday, 'Stanley Cup you do for yourself and your teammates, Olympics you do for your family and country.'
Anyone seen what Skapiski has been doing. Thats a heck of a start to his career. Man we went from no goalie depth to having 2 goalies at an NHL level, and now maybe this kid. Thats pretty solid, especially when you look at a team like the Flyers that would kill for a kid like Talbot. They can enjoy Steve Mason for 4 years lol.
@RangerSweetie29 oh god they need to be careful.
mcd is the the best deal the rangers have ever had and i've been watching them since 1965. if he's not now, he will be the best present day d-man in the league !!!!!orr will always be the best ever.
@TheNYRBlog Still think #27 got off to a shaky start, but the last 2 1/2 games have confirmed what I believed B4 games: MacD best USA Dman.
It's looking like Canada is going to get stuck with Switzerland in the quarter finals and that's not that easy of a game. I think Canada has been very underwhelming. Russia too. Enough with Ovechkin already, and Kovulchuk. No heart.
@TheNYRBlog great blog as I read from sunny Miami! All great points but Nash worries me! Zuc thrives in the rangers lineup he is a piece
Bumps and bruises are bound to happen, regardless of what league or tournament you're in. My concern is there's a decent chance Cally and McD will be selling out in front of Ovechkin one-timers with a Gold Medal on the line. Also really surprised the Olympics don't reseed within the rounds. Seems like the best way to get the most intriguing finals matchup, although i guess it gives the lower seeded teams a better chance.
Just more reasons why it's totally crazy that nhl pits a hold on there season and allows players to play ...no other sport ..crazy
@TheNYRBlog zuc hurt his hand aswell.
@TheNYRBlog do the rangers have any say in the Hagelin situation? What are the rules there?
@TheNYRBlog amazing that players put their "country" before the orgs paying them millions of $.
@TheNYRBlog FYI, you wrote "street close" instead of "street clothes."
@johnnyb3910 Works for the NCAA tournament.
Got slashed on his hand and sat out a practice because of bruising/swelling. No fracture and is expected to play vs Russia
@efarges Thanks for the update.
@efarges Ugh! Where did you see that?
@LennyHatesYou LOL! That's hysterical.
True, but that's a much bigger tournament with in mutliple locations with a lot of logistics. This is 4 games in 1 city.
@TheNYRBlog happy to update you for once, its usually the other way:)
@TheNYRBlog took a puck to the hand vs austria. Nothing broken but missed practice today. Will probably play vs Russia. Norwegian media.
@efarges You da man!
@efarges Sorry to nag you on this but do you have a link to a tweet or article on the injury? Thanks again!